The on-road part of the test will last approximately one hour, and will include a wide variety of roads and traffic conditions.
You will be expected to demonstrate that you can move off smoothly and safely both uphill and downhill, and move off normally from the side of the road and at an angle. There will also be a period of 10-12 mins of independent driving.
Driving Skills On-Road
Show that you can safely: -
- Meet other vehicles.
- Cross the path of other vehicles.
- Keep a safe distance.
- Negotiate various types of roundabout.
- Exercise correct lane discipline.
Display courtesy and consideration to other road users especially: -
- Pedestrians - Horse riders - Cyclists - Motorcyclists
Apply correct procedure at: -
- Pedestrian crossings
- Level crossings
- Traffic signals
- Road Junctions
Show the Examiner: -
- Effective use of the mirrors.
- Correct use of signals.
- Alertness and anticipation.
- Correct use of speed.
- Observation of speed limits
- Care in the use of the controls to reduce mechanical wear and tear.
Matters of Special Importance
- When towing anything of any weight, the speed in any National Speed Limit area is 10mph less than that for a car – 50mph on single-carriageway roads and 60mph on dual-carriageways and motorways.
- You cannot use the outer lane of a 3 lane (or more) motorway.
- Pull out further at junctions to prevent the trailer cutting corners.
- Do not allow the trailer to block junctions, keep clear markings, box junctions, or pedestrian crossings.
- Do not take risks when emerging at a T-junction or roundabout. Allow more time (as much as two cars would need) due to the added length and weight of the unit.
- Be careful of clearance, particularly to the sides of the trailer. Allow at least an open doors width when passing parked cars.
The examiner will expect you to drive to a standard comparable to that of the driving test for category B.
Driving on the road is approximately 80 per cent of the test, and as you already hold a full driving licence, the examiner can take you anywhere such as motorways, one-way streets or housing estates.
You won't be required to make an emergency stop on the road. Reverse around the corner or reverse park. Or make a turn in the road.
Negotiating hazards and junctions dangerously, by not using good all-round observation.